MUC295 LEC1b Job Search 101


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Introduction to Job Searching Path 1

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MUC295 LEC1b Job Search 101

  1. 1. Job Search 101
  2. 2. Realities of Job Hunting <ul><li>Companies are in business to make money </li></ul><ul><li>Companies make money by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generating revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saving Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being efficient & productive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Companies hire people who understand their financial priorities and are efficient with time and budget management- they look for “problem-solvers” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Realities of Job Hunting <ul><li>Successful Job hunting requires multiple tactics and a long-term career plan </li></ul><ul><li>In general, employers hire based on proven credentials , not potential </li></ul><ul><li>Most people do not get a promotion when they change jobs; they get a promotion after they have proven themselves at the job they currently have </li></ul><ul><li>Practical job hunting involves honestly assessing your “ability to succeed” in the position… from the employers point of view </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ability to Succeed <ul><li>From an employer’s perspective, the ability to succeed is demonstrated, first, by a resume that details 70% or more of the required skills and experience for a given position </li></ul><ul><li>If you have successfully handled 70% or more of the required skills already, then you are a good candidate for a selected position </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being able to succeed” should be a top criteria used to select positions of interest </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your TJD <ul><li>Your Target Job: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest/Fulfillment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to do 70% or more of the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remuneration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practicality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: You can also create a secondary job search. Secondary positions can often lead to landing your primary/target position. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Defining your TJD <ul><li>Identifying your Target Job Description: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search internet, classifieds, etc. for 6-10 examples of your chosen job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List all the variations on the job title- identify the most common job title for your position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for the common skill requirements- list them in descending order- most common to least common. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List all the problems that need solving in this position- most common to least common </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Defining your TJD <ul><ul><li>Target Job Description GOAL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a complete picture of the: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Job Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience and education required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliverables or solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional behaviors required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords that are commonly used to describe position priorities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Your Job Search <ul><li>Employee turn-over is generally at 14% in the US </li></ul><ul><li>1/3of hires come from employers’ personal networks and prior contacts </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 of hires come from the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 of hires come from from a mix of: </li></ul><ul><li>Job fairs Recruiters Temp-to-perm hires </li></ul>
  9. 9. Your Job Search & the Internet <ul><li>Of the Internet hires: </li></ul><ul><li>38% of new hires come through a company’s website </li></ul><ul><li>14.5% come from the big job boards (Monster, Careerbuilder, Hotjobs) </li></ul><ul><li>17% come from specialty/professional websites </li></ul><ul><li>30% come from other sources </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your Job Search & Networking <ul><li>Join and maintain a presence/profile with: </li></ul><ul><li>Linkedin </li></ul><ul><li>Your Alumni association </li></ul><ul><li>Professional associations  help with committees </li></ul><ul><li>Community associations </li></ul><ul><li>Go to professional conferences  Bring business cards </li></ul><ul><li>Send potential job opportunities to others </li></ul><ul><li>ASK for referrals and recommendations </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your Job Search <ul><li>Find job listings and/or jobs in: </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Trade Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Association websites </li></ul><ul><li>Employer websites </li></ul><ul><li>School Career Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Propose your own job </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your Job Search & Other Methods <ul><li>Find jobs by: </li></ul><ul><li>Doing an internship or unpaid apprenticeship </li></ul><ul><li>Using the “Carpet-bomb” approach and sending a basic package to all potential employers </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Temp jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Headhunters/Staffing agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Attending job fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Knocking on doors/cold calling </li></ul>
  13. 13. Success in Job Searching <ul><li>Be sure you have a majority of the skills and education required for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Gain experience via internships and apprenticeships, if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Develop targeted resumes and cover letters </li></ul><ul><li>Use your contacts to get names of hiring managers </li></ul><ul><li>Resend applications and resumes more than once, if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize professional experiences/ Downplay school/education </li></ul>